Kettering landmark building wins restoration award

Northampton House in Station Road, Kettering
Northampton House in Station Road, Kettering

The restoration work on a previously derelict building more than 100 years old has won an award.

Kettering Civic Society’s annual Environmental Improvement Award winner this year is Averil Philips funeral directors for its work on Northampton House at the top of Northampton Road and Station Road.

The building in January 2013 before work began to turn it into a funeral parlour

The building in January 2013 before work began to turn it into a funeral parlour

Monica Ozdemir from the civic society said: “The project which has attracted most of our attention has been the complete repair and refurbishment of Northampton House.

“It was originally built by James Payne as management offices for his businesses, being a link with the railway station.

“This was in 1890. Since then, the building has had a number of uses until it finally stood empty in anticipation that it would be included within the Station Road redevelopment proposals. This of course never happened.

“It was during this time that it was vandalised, lead stolen, windows broken and it became a home for pigeons.

Kettering mayor June Derbyshire presents the Rose Bowl to Averil Philips on behalf of Kettering Civic Society, with John Coleman, vice-chairman of Kettering Civic Society

Kettering mayor June Derbyshire presents the Rose Bowl to Averil Philips on behalf of Kettering Civic Society, with John Coleman, vice-chairman of Kettering Civic Society

“The society campaigned to have the building saved.

“Now beautifully restored, it has become a very special funeral parlour which Averil Philips and family carefully run.

“The buildings plan readily lent itself to the new use with only a garaging extension needed.

“Northampton House is a special landmark in the town and although not formally Listed, societies like the Victorian Society have been very interested in it.

“It has a commanding position as it divided Northampton Road and Station Road.

“As such, Kettering Civic Society considers it well worthy of the Rose Bowl Award.”

Also singled out for praise were the grounds maintenance and housing departments of Kettering Council.